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Western diplomats question Sikhala, Mahere, Chin’ono arrests

HARARE – Western diplomats in Zimbabwe have expressed concern over the continued detention of journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and MDC Alliance officials Job Sikhala and Fadzayi Mahere. The three are charged with “communicating false statements prejudicial to the State” after allegedly tweeting that a police officer had fatally struck a nine-month-old baby with a baton in Harare following a viral video that showed the enraged mother manhandling the uniformed officer. They are also charged with inciting violence and “undermining public confidence in law enforcement agency.” Reacting to different outcomes of the trio’s ongoing bail appeals, the European Union (EU) said Wednesday it was worried that the detentions were taking place even as the country is witnessing a spike in Covid-19 infections,...

Zimbabwe trade data offer glimmer of hope to beleaguered economy

HARARE – Zimbabwe recorded its fourth straight trade monthly surplus in November as Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube’s steps to devalue and stabilize the local currency started showing some positive results for exports. Shipments rose 20% to $528.9 million in November, thanks to increased manufacturing and higher gold, tobacco and nickel sales. The government started regular foreign-currency auctions in June to support the Zimbabwe dollar as part of an economic stabilization program. That’s placed the local currency on a more even keel, trading at just over 80 Zimbabwe dollars to the greenback since August. That’s a far cry from 2009 when the previous Zimbabwe dollar was redenominated for a third time in less than three years to get rid of as many as 12 zeros, with inflation at an estimated 5...

DJ Fantan And Others Renew Bid For Freedom

DJ Fantan And Others Renew Bid For Freedom From Left to right Lawyer Dumisani Mthombeni, DJ Fantan, Levels and Boss Dhama (Image Credit: Herald/Zimpapers Digital) Famed Zim dancehall music producers DJ Fantan and Levels of Chillspot Records and promoter Boss Dhama have asked the High Court to grant them bail pending an appeal against their one-year jail term. The trio was arrested after they organized an unsanctioned musical concert on New Year’s Eve, in breach of Covid-19 regulations. Magistrate Guwuriro found DJ Fantan (Arnold Kamudyariwa ), and Levels (Tafadzwa Kadzimwe ) together with Simbarashe “Dhama” Chanachimwe guilty of contravening Statutory Instrument 77 of 2020 that prohibits ‘convening of a public gathering during a national lockdown’. The magistrate subsequently sentenced DJ ...

Tumi From The River Is A Moemish

Tumi From The River Is A Moemish Tumi From The River Is A Moemish Tumi Mokoena-Dikana-Dhlomo is one of the most useless characters on The River. Every time we give her a chance to prove us wrong, to prove that she’s changed, that she’s matured, she goes and does something moemish. Though her acting has improved, we are now challenging her storyline. How can she trust a man she just met five minutes ago over people she’s known for years? Her mother; Lindiwe Dikana is not perfect, but she’s bent over backwards to ensure that Tumi is happy and that their relationship is tight. Tumi’s father; Mohumi is going to try to destroy her. He will also attempt to destroy Lindiwe because of his hunger for revenge and power. Viewers were outraged last night when Tumi revealed her biggest secret yet; that...

The River: Why Bahumi Is Boring

The River: Why Mohumi Is Boring The River: Why Mohumi Is Boring Award-winning actor; Seputla Sebogodi who plays Mohumi on the award winning novella;The River seems to have lost his touch. There’s just something missing with his character, there’s no fireworks, there’s no magic or spunk. Perhaps we had high expectations for him, perhaps the character is below him, and perhaps his storyline is dead. At times characters overstay their welcome on a show, and then they get dragged for weeks and weeks before they actually exit; I think this is one of those cases. Mohumi was just as lukewarm when he joined the show because he’s a replica of The General from The Republic. He should’ve left the show on a high note when he held the Dikana’s hostage. The writer’s should’ve left his character in priso...

MDC Alliance spox Fadzayi Mahere remains in jail, protests conditions

HARARE – MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere will remain behind bars until Friday after a Harare magistrate deferred his ruling on the politician’s application against placement on remand. The outspoken lawyer was arrested on Monday and charged with peddling falsehoods after tweeting that a police officer had fatally struck a nine-month-old baby with a baton in Harare following a viral video that showed the enraged mother manhandling the uniformed officer. MDC Alliance vice chairman Job Sikhala and journalist Hopewell Chin’ono are also in custody on similar charges. Prosecutors argue the baby in question is alive, and are separately charging the trio with “communicating false statements prejudicial to the State or alternatively undermining public confidence in law enforcement agency.”...

Pearl Modiade Defends Her Baby Daddy After Breakup

Pearl Modiade Defends Her Baby Daddy After Breakup Pearl Modiade Defends Her Baby Daddy After Breakup Pearl Modiadie might have broken up with her baby daddy but she still considers him the best dad in the world for their son. Modiadie reportedly broke up with her baby’s father because she wasn’t happy in the relationship and wanted to focus on being a mother. The Metro FM presenter reacted to a Twitter user who advised tweeps to choose their baby daddies carefully. Another tweep took a jab at Pearl over that tweet and Pearl wasn’t having it. She saw the tweet and replied: “The best choice I’ve made! He’s such an incredible dad.”❤ Although Modiadie never introduced her baby daddy; Nathaniel Oppenheimer to the world, she shared moments with him on her Instagram stories. Mzansi thought the a...

Actress Zenande Mfenyane Blames The Fergusons For Weight Gains

Actress Zenande Mfenyane Blames The Fergusons For Weight Gains Actress Zenande Mfenyane Blames The Fergusons For Weight Gains Zenande Mfenyana has always come out to defend her bosses, The Fergusons from people who are looking for her to bad mouth them – and this time around she finally gave in. Wittingly of course. The Fergusons won’t let her lose her baby weight she so desperately wishes to shed. Taking to Twitter this morning, Zenande Mfenyane sais she is not happy with the meals being given on set by The Fergusons. “Not our breakfast pack at work having amagwinya 😩😩 have mercy @Ferguson_Films we trying to shed some kilos hle…fire fire fire 🔥”, she tweeted. Not our breakfast pack at work having amagwinya 😩😩 have mercy @Ferguson_Films we trying to shed some kilos hle…fire fire fire 🔥 — Z...

Why The River And The Queen Are Always Trending Online

Why The River And The Queen Are Always Trending Online Why The River And The Queen Are Always Trending Online Veteran actress; Florence Masebe tweeted: “Acting to trend vs acting to give life to the story,” late last year. It seems like more and more soapies and telenovela’s are aiming to trend than to tell authentic stories because when they trend they get noticed and get awards. The less talked about a show is, the less likely it’ll win awards. However, it’s not always the case as shows like Gomora have proven that they can tell authentic stories, trend and still get awards. Gomora unlike The Queen has a talented cast and tells stories that South Africans can relate with 90% of the time. While The Queen is always trending, it never wins awards because audiences do not relate with the sto...

Lockdown amid Covid surge has no support for people

A rise in coronavirus cases in Zimbabwe has prompted President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government to put the nation on a 30 day strict lockdown. The Southern African country, which had had relatively low coronavirus infection rates since March 2020 when the first death was recorded, saw a rise in cases in December following citizens returning home from neighbouring South Africa for the festive season. Announcing the stiff lockdown measures in Harare last week, vice-president and health minister Constantino Chiwenga said the country had seen a “surge in COVID-19 cases during the festive season”, with cases almost doubling in the past two months. Only essential services including hospitals, pharmacies and supermarkets are being allowed to operate, with only essential staff allowe...

Zimbabwe gold deliveries tumble nearly a third to 19 tonnes in 2020

A Zimbabwean miner works underground at Metallon Gold mine in Shamva, about 80 km (50 miles) north of the capital Hararre, file. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo FPR pays U.S. dollars in cash to small-scale gold miners, but a shortage of hard cash caused delays in payments most of last year. That forced many of the miners to sell their gold to illegal buyers, industry officials say. Deliveries of gold, the top foreign currency earner, have been on the decline since reaching a record 33.2 tonnes 2018, mainly due to delays by FPR in paying miners. The central bank last month announced plans to unbundle FPR into two separate companies and sell a majority stake in the new gold refinery business to miners, in a bid to boost output. FPR data showed that total gold deliveries fell to 19.05 to...

Zimbabwe Food Security Monitoring Report: December 2020

The COVID-19 situation in Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate with the number of confirmed cumulative cases increasing by more than 70% from 10,129 cases including 277 deaths by the 1st of December 2020 to 17,804 including 431 deaths by the 7th of January 2021. On the 6th of January, the government reintroduced a 30-day lockdown and restrictive measures at level 4, which has seen the closure of most formal and informal businesses which are not categorized as essential services. During December, most parts of the southern region in the country experienced above-average rainfall, partially induced by tropical depression Chalane that passed through the southern part of Zimbabwe at the end of the month. The macro economic environment continues to stabilize recording a decline in annual inflation...